Explorer's Guide Online

Where Boaters Become Captains 

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Providing Maritime Training Since 2002

For the past 17 years, our mission has been to provide the best commercial and recreational maritime training possible. Leaning on years of on the water experience, we promise to help you achieve your learning and licensing goals. We’ll help you become a Captain!

Professional Expertise

Owned and operated by a Coast Guard cutterman, our trainers have 25+ years of combined sailing & navigation experience

Unbeatable Support

Years of training experience enable us to provide the best learning support possible, helping you meet your goals

Unlimited Access

Self-paced, online courses let you to learn at your leisure, and our instructors are ready to support whenever needed

Our Courses

Our courses are developed by a former Coast Guard Commanding Officer and a maritime training expert who have spent years training international and domestic crews. Integrating real-world sailing, Search & Rescue, and navigation experience, we provide you with the knowledge and skills to operate safely on the water.

Our courses meet the highest federal standards and are approved by the National Maritime Center as licensing training.

OUPV (Six Pack) – Inland, Great Lakes and Near Coastal

OUPV Upgrade to 100 Ton Master

Assistance Towing

The EGO Difference

Online courses designed with you in mind provide an unmatched learning experience.


  • Learning Software: Modern, e-learning software provides an intuitive, user-friendly experience. Mobile responsive content lets you complete courses anytime, anywhere
  • Unbeatable Support: From start to finish, we’re committed to your success and will provide all necessary support to help you achieve your goals
  • Global Experience: From the Great Lakes to the Bering Sea to the Persian Gulf and beyond, our instructors have sailed throughout the world. Regardless of your homeport or destination, we are prepared to assist you

Making a Positive Impact

A registered Public Benefit corporation, Explorer’s Guide Online is committed to preserving our waterways and creating a safe maritime community. As such, we’re committed to giving back a portion of time, talents, and resources to championing these causes.

Hundreds of Satisfied Captains

“This program is top notch. I looked at a handful of other programs, but this one was by far the best. The lessons were extremely helpful and easy to navigate. By the time I finished, the test questions were second nature!

Captain Clay. Charleston, SC

“I can’t thank you enough for how enjoyable you made the experience of getting my license.  I was really nervous about the tests, but with all of reviews that you put in the program, they really turned out to be a non-issue.”

Captain Gert. Appleton, WI

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Ahoy! Interested in learning more? Give us a call or send us a message, and an Explorer’s Guide team member will respond back within 24 hours.

(414) 409-7228

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